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Charles Koch's Cut-and-Paste Attack on Clean Energy in North Carolina

Connor Gibson | Posted 04.16.2015 | Green
Connor Gibson

Almost every player has ties back to Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch, and despite previous failures, the formula is exactly the same.

Hotel Industry Spins Wage Hikes as 'Extreme' While CEOs Rake in Millions

Mary Bottari | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Hotels are making a killing. Occupancy rates are exceeding pre-recession highs, and are expected to reach record levels in 2016. But the little-known trade association representing this robust $163 billion dollar industry is a major force fighting behind the scenes on Capitol Hill and in statehouses and courtrooms across the country to keep workers wages low.

ALEC Climate Denial: Corporate Bill Mill Threatens Lawsuit for Saying So

Steve Horn | Posted 04.08.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has threatened public interest group Common Cause with a lawsuit for pointing out what the public record has made clear: ALEC denies the scientific consensus on climate change.

'Green News Report' - April 7, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Shell Oil returns to the Arctic (buckle up!); ALEC now pretending it ne...

ALEC Climate Change Denial: Attacks on Climate Regulations and Clean Energy Solutions

Gabe Elsner | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Gabe Elsner

These pro-clean energy policies translate into direct market competition for ALEC's corporate membership in the fossil fuel, coal, and utility industries.

The ALEC-Backed War on Local Democracy

Mary Bottari | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Corporate interests that spend hundreds of millions a year on state and federal lobbying have grown accustomed to getting what they want at the federal and state levels, but it is much harder to assert corporate control over America's 22,553 municipal and county governments.

Full Koch Press for ALEC Right-to-Work Bill in Wisconsin

Mary Bottari | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

The ALEC drill team was on full display this week. At Tuesday's public hearing, the only people to testify in favor of the bill were representatives of the corporations that would profit from lower wages in Wisconsin and an array of experts bankrolled by the Kochs.

Scott Walker Pushes ALEC 'Right to Work' Bill, Divide and Conquer Comes Full Circle

Mary Bottari | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Just weeks ago, the Washington Post described Scott Walker as the first "It" candidate of the 2016 presidential races, but after stumbling over "truth," evolution, and whether or not the President is a Christian or loves America, Walker is getting ready to change the topic.

Edison Electric Institute's Anti-Solar, PR Spending Revealed

Gabe Elsner | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Gabe Elsner

Most Americans already know that lobbying and influence play a big role in the legislative process, especially in Washington, D.C. However, a new report reveals that a large portion of trade association spending goes to PR firms and advertising.

Koch Brothers Do Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 03.07.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Koch-backed organizations and foundations are at the forefront of the anti-Common Core campaign, which is not surprising. What is surprising is that Koch money is going to the other side in the Common Core war as well.

ALEC Sharpens Attack on Environmental Safeguards

Elliott Negin | Posted 02.21.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

At the group's most recent conference, held earlier this month in Washington, D.C., more than 400 predominantly Republican state lawmakers and industry reps formulated sample legislation that will serve as templates for statehouses across the country.

eBay Splits From Controversial Political Group ALEC

Reuters | Deepa Seethharaman | Posted 12.18.2014 | Technology

Dec 18 (Reuters) - eBay Inc said on Thursday that it will end its association with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a political group that o...

Will eBay Give Out ALEC Coal This Holiday Season?

Emily Southard | Posted 02.14.2015 | Green
Emily Southard

This holiday season, eBay's incoming CEO Devin Wenig can signal to customers, shareholders, and employees that eBay's commitment on climate is stronger than ever by dumping ALEC.

Samantha Lachman

Democratic Group Aims To Advance 'People's Agenda' In States

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 200 Democratic lawmakers were surprisingly upbeat here Friday, given the drubbing they experienced in state legislative chambe...

Koch-Tied Group Pushes New Union-Busting Bill in Wisconsin

Mary Bottari | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

The poison pill for private sector unions is likely be a model bill from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) with the Orwellian name of "right to work."

President Walker? 5 Things You Should Know About Scott (Calvin) Walker

Mary Bottari | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is walking and talking a lot like he is running for President of the United States. Here are five things that you need to know about the cheddarhead with Coolidge-like ambitions.

Emerson Electric Latest to Confirm ALEC Exit

Nick Surgey | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Nick Surgey

Emerson first revealed that it ended its association in discussions with Walden Asset Management, which has engaged the corporation over its affiliation with ALEC. An Emerson spokesperson confirmed this to CMD, but refused to provide further details about the reason for its decision or precisely when the relationship ended.

More Lies From ALEC About Climate Change

Elliott Negin | Posted 01.13.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

If ALEC were an honest broker, it would recommend market-based solutions, like the Republican-inspired, acid rain cap-and-trade program championed by President George H.W. Bush. But that's not likely going to happen, because doing so would alienate its fossil fuel industry and trade association members.

AOL Latest Tech Company to Cut Ties With ALEC

Nick Surgey | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Nick Surgey

Following renewed public concern about climate change, ALEC's corporate funders appear increasingly unwilling to be publicly associated with the group.

SiX Could Be the Answer to ALEC

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The new liberal counterpart will be named the State Innovation Exchange, or "SiX." Creative capitalization seems to be their first innovation. But I shouldn't get snarky about their branding, because the basic idea is a good one: counterbalance the impressive inroads Republicans have made in state legislatures.

ALEC Corporate Board Chair Quits Over Climate Change, Renewables and Voting Rights

Nick Surgey | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Nick Surgey

SAP is a particularly big loss for ALEC, because its representative at ALEC, lobbyist Steve Searle, is the Chair of ALEC's corporate board, and the former corporate chair of ALEC's Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force.

National School Choice Week Is Right-Wing Propaganda

Steve Nelson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

I'm not buying what you're selling and, frankly, I'm wondering how you can engage in such a scheme without some sense of shame. I'm publishing this response because I hope other school administrators, teachers and families won't fall for this devious marketing ploy.

Google Quits ALEC, But Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell Stay Put

Elliott Negin | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

When Eric Schmidt recently called out ALEC for "literally lying" about climate change and his company announced it would not renew its ALEC membership, it was just one of the conservative business lobby group's latest -- and loudest -- setbacks.

Kids as Crash Test Dummies: Brownback Outsources Child Support Services to Donor

Mary Bottari | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Mary Bottari

When he was elected in 2010, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback began to slash core government services and privatize the rest. Kids receiving child support payments from absent parents would be among Brownback's first 'crash test dummies.'

'Green News Report' - October 2, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Tide turns against climate change deniers, as even Rupert Murdoch dumps...